Karen the Birth Instructor — almost a reality!!
I have the thumbs-up to teach my first birthing classes! No, I’ve never formally taught any birth-education classes before — just spent countless hours talking with other mothers-to-be to give them encouragement, help, and direction. The dear, expectant couple is willing to grant me the experience of teaching classes, and in exchange, I will instruct them for free.
We’ll begin in November.
I will use a combination of materials from Transition to Parenthood, plus my own experience of naturally birthing five children, plus other birthing stuff I’ve gleaned over the years from books and bloggers.
I had so longed to teach the classes, but just this morning, I felt compelled to TOTALLY YIELD the outcome to God — that is, whether or not they would let me be their teacher, even though I have never done any formal classes before. In my prayer journal I wrote, “…if it doesn’t work out for the two of them, just please help me keep learning and that I wouldn’t be waylaid by dismay, but that I would persevere.” That happens way too often — becoming discouraged to the point of inaction when my Plan A doesn’t work; by the grace of God, and His unwillingness to let me stay in that place, I am working to overcome that unhealthy pattern.
Not too long after I journaled that, the expectant mother called me to say that she and her husband had prayed, thought, and talked about it, and have decided to go for it! Ha! God does that so often with me: Wait until I YIELD the outcome, 100%, to Him, before He answers my prayer.
In a follow-up e-mail I sent to the mother, I closed it out with:
Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me the privilege of sharing this amazing and important time with you and [your husband]. I look forward to you becoming amazed and blessed by God’s plan for the birth process, and to be able to go into your delivery with zero fear and enough information to be confident in yourself, and to come out of birth with a gloriously expanded appreciation for our Father, your husband, and in your own abilities.
After I wrote that, I re-read it and thought, “I need to rework that and turn it into a purpose statement for use in the future.”